Liverpool Win The Champions League!
But Jurgen Klopp’s men will not care one bit about that having won “the one with the big ears”. It was the first all-English final since 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties to seal their 3rd title. But Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side had to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the previous round to make it through Barcelona at Anfield in order to reach the final. Tottenham also had to overcome obstacles of their own, as they were 2-0 down away at Ajax before a miraculous 2nd half saw them score 3 past Onana to go through and face Liverpool.
Yesterday Liverpool won the Champions League, their 6th title in the competition having beaten Tottenham Hotspur 2 goals to nill in what was dubbed as “the worst champions league final” ever.
The final saw two English teams go head to head in Europes most elite competition. While both sides had three weeks off to prepare for this game, the level of football was not up to scratch, and it certainly wasn’t what the Spanish crowd was used to watching. The game was played in Madrid, at the Wanda Metropolitano, in the new stadium of Atletico Madrid. The Spaniards were excellent hosts as both clubs had fans traveling from all over the globe and the city had made preparations to keep them entertained all the way till kick off.
Story of the Match
Liverpool had the first kick off and we instantly saw an attack down the right side from Sadio Mane. As the Senegalese forward tried to cross the ball to eighter Salah or Firminho, the ball hit the shoulder of Moussa Sissoko which then hit his arm. The referee instantly pointed to the spot. And in no less than a minute, Liverpool had the chance to go one up. Mohamed Salah stepped up to take the penalty, as the Egyptian had a chance to redeem himself from last year’s miseries. He took the shot down the left side and Lloris nearly saved it but before anyone had even known it, Liverpool was 1:0 up. Mohamed Salah was the first Egyptian to score in a Champions League Final, an amazing achievement for the Egyptian King!
The goal put Liverpool in a strong position, which resulted in them letting Spurs have all the ball. It would seem that Jurgen Klopp’s gameplan since the penalty was to soak up the pressure and try to hit Spurs on the counterattack. Liverpool defense and goalkeeper have been excellent this season, having kept 20 clean sheets in the Premier League this campaign. Liverpool had also lost only one game in the league, where Tottenham had lost 13. With Liverpool defending and Spurs desperately trying to score, the match turned into a really dull one until half time.
The 2nd half started and people were hopeful for a more entertaining finish to the game – but they ended up being disappointed. Spurs were the better team in the 2nd half, but Liverpool felt comfortable the entire 45 minutes as Spurs were clearly not up for a fight. Tottenham had a few good chances but they were no match for Liverpool’s superb goalkeeper, Alisson.
Then in the 87th minute, Liverpool scored the 2nd one and who else than Supersub himself Divock Origi. The Belgian came on for Roberto Firminho in the 58th minute and put an end to Tottenham’s comeback hopes. The Belgian scored his 3rd goal in the competition this season, having scored two against Barcelona in the previous round, and all three goals came from three shots!
With five minutes of extra time left, Liverpool felt extremely comfortable and ended up winning the game!
Spurs had the majority of possession, having 61% of the ball with Liverpool’s 39%. They also registered more shots with 14 compared to Liverpool’s 11. They also had more shots on goal with 8 compared to Liverpool’s 4. However, Jurgen Klopp’s men took their chances while Spurs failed miserably. This was by far one of Liverpool’s worst game this season, as quoted from Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger. Tottenham had failed to take their chances and they paid with losing the final. Silverware is the currency in football, and Liverpool had just won their 6th Champions League trophy. This puts them level with Manchester United as the most dominant and successful English club.
Alisson Beker, Liverpool’s goalkeeper, had made 8 saves this match. That’s the most a goalkeeper has ever made in a Champions League final since records began. Mohamed Salah attempted six shots, the most out of any Liverpool player on the day.
Liverpool will face Chelsea on the 14th of August this year in the UEFA Super Cup.